What is a mini-thread lift?

We found out about the mini-thread lift (photo: dolgachov, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

We found out about the mini-thread lift (photo: dolgachov, Getty Images/iStockphoto) - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Dr Sharon Crichlow of The Skin to Love Clinic in St Albans answers our questions about the anti-ageing mini-thread lift treatment

What does the treatment entail? Fine threads are inserted into the skin to build volume, firm, tighten and stimulate the skin’s rejuvenation processes.

Can I have it instead of a surgical facelift? It’s not designed to replace surgical alternatives. You’ll get a more dramatic result with surgery.

What are the threads made of? Complex carbohydrates. These are safe, slowly break down and are removed by the body in the same manner as dissolvable stitches.

Will my face drop when the threads break down? It’s an extremely gradual process and so there won’t be an obvious change from one day to another.

Does it hurt? Local anaesthetic is applied to the area prior to the treatment so that it’s comfortable. As it’s minimally invasive the most common side effect is bruising and minor swelling.

Is it expensive? It’s usually priced upon assessment once it’s been determined how extensive the treatment will be. On average, you’re looking at £300-£700.

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Do I have to have my whole face treated? You can treat just problem areas, the most popular being the lower face and neck.

Can you see a difference straight away? Yes. Ultimate results can be seen a few months later as the skin starts to produce new collagen and hyaluronic acid around the threads, helping to plump and rejuvenate the skin.

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